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hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc news. our top stories. the first report is released into the crash of malaysian airlines flight mh17 over eastern ukraine. investigators say the plane broke up in midair after being hit by what it calls a large number of high velocity objects. we'll be asking, does that mean the plane was shot down by a missile? also ahead, a new inclusive government is signed off in iraq as president obama seeks congressional approval to step up the fight against islamic
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state. and a race to reach flood-hit areas of india and pakistan, where hundreds of people have already died. also in the program, aaron is here with more on those eu sanctions against russia. >> the eu has endorsed those sanctions and they should kick in the next few days, so now it is all eyes on moscow. will the kremlin retaliate and ban airlines from flying through russian air space? and if so, what impact will that have on global carriers and what will it mean for passengers? hello there. thanks for being with us. it's midday here in london. 7:00 a.m. here in washington, and 1:00 p.m. in the netherlands, where a team of experts has released the first report into the malaysian airlines crash of a rebel held territory in ukraine in the summer. according to to the report, the crash was probably caused by the
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aircraft being struck by multiple high energy objects. this picture lifted from the report shows a part of the plane just below the left cockpit window. the arrows point to puncture holes, and indentations. and they indicate that it was hit by objects from outside. the report also said the pattern of the wreckage on the ground suggests the plane broke up during the flight. there's no evidence that the crash was caused by technical fault or actions of the crew, and the report goes on to say that the cockpit voice recorder revealed no signs of an emergency situation. now, all 298 people onboard mh17 died. many of them were dutch. anna holligan has this report now from the hague. >> reporter: mh17, it's one of the biggest air disasters in dutch history. under normal circumstances, an aviation investigation would start at the scene of the crash. but these investigators weren't allowed to access the site.
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the dutch government was afraid their presence might jeopardize the forensic team's efforts to recover the passengers' bodies. the evidence used to compile today's report includes the black box flight data recorder. satellite images. information from air traffic control. and photos from the scene. this is the headquarters of the dutch safety board, which has been leading this international investigation. experts from the uk, the u.s., germany, russia, ukraine, malaysia, and australia have all been collaborating on this case. this is not the final report. that's due out sometime next year. but, the preliminary report is significant, because it's the first official account of what actually happened. so far, more than 220 coffins have been returned to the netherlands with an unknown number of bodies inside. to date, 193 people have been identified. from the moment the first bodies
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were repatrioted, the dutch authorities have sought to restore the honor and dignity that was stolen from the families. one of the main purposes of this preliminary aviation report is to give the relatives conclusionive answers to some of their many questions about how this disaster happened and why. anna holligan, bbc news in the hague. >> let's pick up some initial reports and go live now brussels and speak to andrew charlton, the chief executive of the aviation advocacy, a consulting firm that provides advice for the aviation industry. thank you very much for speaking with us. what are the key parts of this report that jump out at you? >> one was that the aircraft was fine. there was clearly no mechanical or operational issue. the second was, as the report said, that the aircraft simply stopped operating.
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it was clearly -- it was hit by something from outside. and i think the third point is somewhat more subtle, that the flight data recorder and the voice recorder, the black box, was, in fact, untampered with and i think that's quite a significant point as well, so we can rely on a lot of the evidence or a lot of the information that they have been able to gather. >> so the key question then is what does it point to as a probable cause? >> the report makes very clear, and the report is very, very focused on simply listing what the facts are. and we have to be very careful to not try to jump too far ahead. and i realize that's a very unsatisfactory answer, and it's a very conservative answer. but the report has worked very hard at being very conservative and making sure it focuses on the facts. but cl it was brought down. was it a missile? well, missile is sort of a collective word from all the things that are likely to hit it. there are currently two theories out there as to where the missile may have come from.
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one is a ground to air missile fired by the ukrainian rebels, and the russians argue it might have been a ukrainian aircraft. the evidence that we have today, and the fact that it was spread out from a very wide area, seems to be indicate it was more likely that it was a buk. >> the dilemma here -- you mentioned it there. we may actually never know who was responsible. >> yes. unfortunately, that is correct. we may never know. and i think one of the worst things we can do and dishonor for the victims and the families of the victims is to keep on speculating. but you're absolutely right, we may never know. >> and just on that point, for the families you were just talking about. we have to remember the families of 298 victims. many families, in fact, wiped out in that crash. what would it have been like
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onboard the plane given these details that are coming out, when the impact happened? have you got any sense of whether it would have been instantaneous? >> my hope -- it is gruesome. my hope is that it was instantaneous. it it's very likely that it was iniesi instantaneo instantaneous. no signs that it changed altitude. so when it was hit, the first thing that would have happened, as the fuselage was ruptured, the change of altitude pressure would have been enormous. almost instantaneously there after, a very large amount of aviation fuel would have exploded and aviation fuel is very, very volatile. my real hope is that it was as close to instantaneous as you can get. >> andrew charlton from the aviation advocacy there live in brussels. thanks very much, andrew. connected to that story, obviously it's all about the ukraine crisis. let's give you the latest on the
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ground. ukraine's military says there's been further fighting with pro-russia rebels in the east of the country. it said donetsk airport had been hit by rocket and mortar fire four times overnight. no other cease-fire have been broken but the truce appears to be largely holding. carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013. the world meteorological organization says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty. experts have warned the world is running out of time to reverse rising levels of carbon dioxide to tackle climate change. u.s. president barack obama will unveil his strategy to combat islamic state militants on wednesday. it comes just days after a new unity government was formed in iraq. sworn in on monday evening, the new prime minister haider al abadi also announced some
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ministerial posts on monday, but he hasn't filled the defense and interior ministers. government positions are being assigned under a power sharing deal between the shia majority, the sunnis and the kurds. so, mr. abadi, who is a shia, will lead the government as prime minister. he's also named three deputies. they are a former member of parliament, arraji, who is also a shia. the kurdish outgoing minister, zabari. and mutlak, who is a sunni, and he held the same position in the last government. what about the former prime minister, nuri al maliki, who was reluctant to give up power. he and two others have all been given the largely ceremonial title of vice president. from the makeup of these key posts that have been announced so far, what can we glean or learn about prime minister al
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abadi's intentions? >> reporter: well, we'll need to wait and see his actions. and his solutions to iraq's crisis. but we were talking about the makeup of this government. let me tell you that someone -- not just one person, but those who are critical in iraq to this government told me that this is actually not a new government. this is the old government, but the senior politicians just swapped seats. but again, those are -- this is a critical opinion. the announcement of the government on its own is significant progress. and the fact that now the three main communities in rk are in again one government brings about hope that this might eventually lead to a unified strategy in con fronting the
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radicals in the group i.s. >> what about the posts that are still unfilled, those are really important roles in the fight against islamic state. >> reporter: that's correct. first, the prime minister stressed that he will appoint ministers for those two portfolios within a week. but the reason why those were not filled was that the politicians who were suggested for this post were very controversial. one of them is a leader of a shiite militia, who played a key role in the recent battles against i.s., especially in breaking the siege of amali last week. he's very popular within his own shiite community, but for the sunnis, he presents the rise of the shiite militias, which happened as a reaction in a way
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of the advances of the radical sunni group i.s. back in june when they occupied large areas in baghdad. now you have the shiite militias fighting side by side with the iraqi troops. they're on the front lines in many parts of iraq fighting i.s. for the shiite jonas brother, they protect their community for the sunnis. they are symbols of the visions and they fear that there will actually -- it's very harmful to the relations between the two communities. >> clearly a lot of work left to do. rafid, thanks very much. still plenty more to come, including this. south sudan is on the brink of famine. the u.n. says at least four million people there are facing starvation. who are you? who are you? wrong answer. wait, daddy, this is blair, he booked this room with priceline express deals and saved a ton.
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the united nations is warning that south sudan is on the verge of a famine, and it's appealing for nearly $2 billion in aid to try and avert a humanitarian crisis there. the world's newest nation was only created in 2011, but it's been ravaged by civil war since december last year. there's been a power struggle between the president and his deputy. large parts of the country's army, the spla, are rebelling against the government. the fighting has created a humanitarian emergency on many fronts inside and outside the country. as we heard, almost $2 billion is needed for relief work. four million people are facing food shortages. there are warnings the country is on the brink of famine. >> reporter: this young baby is fighting for his life. he's just 1 year old, but
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already facing health complications caused by mother. his mother veronica walked for more than four hours to get him to this health center. two weeks of treatment have not helped him. he's getting weaker. he's admitted to this remote clinic with five other children suffering from severe malnutrition. but others in the village are not so lucky. >> translator: we don't have enough food and because of the fighting, there is no road for traders to bring food into the village. there's so many other sick and malnourished children in my village. >> reporter: the united nations children's fund unicef has already warned that up to 50,000 children could die of malnutrition by the end of the year if they do not get help. doctors here say many of the most vulnerable cannot even reach the clinic. >> there's others, i think they cannot make it here. they carry their children to the
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center. >> reporter: aid agencies are in a rush against time to try to deliver tons of food and medical supplies to those displaced by the fighting in south sudan, but it is not an easy task. >> people have fled into very remote areas, and in many places, they have had no access to any kind of support since the conflict broke out last december. >> reporter: and to get to these people, aid agencies have been forced to hire expensive planes and helicopters. we accompanied one flight delivering aid in the north of the country. even from the air, what looks like dry land is actually swamps. water is everywhere. on the ground, roads are impassable. accessible only by four wheel drive cars. but in this conflict, it is the people in remote villages that are suffering the most. this village is home to about 3,000 people, mainly from the newer community who have been displaced by the ongoing fighting here in south sudan. for a majority of them, they walk long distance in search of food and they cross just here to
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a river and collect this, which is dried water lily. that is what the majority of them depend to survive. hungry and afraid, desperate families have fled to seek safety. despite the looming famine, people here are trying to build their lives, hoping for better days. >> with me now is dan stewart from save the children's emergency response team. dan, thanks for coming in. you were in south sudan in july. >> that's right. >> how bad is it? >> south sudan is facing a very serious hunger crisis at the moment, with close to 4 million people facing severe hunger every day. and what that means is that they don't know where their next meal is coming from. they may be reduced to having one small meal a day, resorting to picking berries or leaves in order to survive. >> or water lilies. compared to other humanitarian crises that you have witnessed
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firsthand, how does this compare? >> south sudan is currently described as the worst hunger crisis in the world by the u.n. and so in terms of hunger, at the moment, this is one of our main focuses. and it's really important that we act now before famine is declared so that we prevent it sliding into famine with all of the deaths that that were to entail. >> it seems to have got to 4 million people needing help very rapidly, do you think? >> well, we have known since january, shortly after the violence escalated so much, that we are facing a hunger crisis in south sudan. one of the challenges that we face is without the declaration of famine, which hasn't been declared in south sudan, it can be very difficult to get the funding and attention that's needed in order to save the lives of people on the ground. >> declaring famine is a certain number of deaths a week? it's actually a numerical figure. >> yeah, there are a number of technical factors. it's very much a technical term,
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including more than 30% of people being severely malnourishmalnourish ed and people dying every day. but families are picking leaves to survive. they are dropping out of school in order to forage for berries or firewood to sell now, so we need to intervene now in order to prevent the situation deteriorating further. >> the u.n. is asking for $2 billion to help people in south sudan. but given that its appeals for syria, which is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, are underfunded, what hope that that 2 billion will be forthcoming from people around the world? >> i'm hopeful. we have to be. there's no doubt that it's a huge challenge to meet that need. but it's absolutely essentially that we do so. in the horn of africa famine three years ago, it was found that 123,000 people died before famine was declared.
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that's an incredibly stark example of why we need to pull together now to find that fund sog that we prevent the situation deteriorating even further next year.nding so that situation deteriorating even further next year. >> thank you so much for coming in. >> thank you. rescue workers are struggling to reach people stranded by floods. at least 300 people are thought to have died in severe flooding in india and pakistan. more than 200 in pakistan's punjab province alone. the biggest concern is of a new flood caused by a surge of water from a river flowing from across the border in india. we have a report from the area. >> i'm on an indian air force helicopter carrying relief supplies to the flood victims. we are now flying over the mountains towards the kashmir valley to one of the worst
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affected. you can see over here, we are carrying supplies of food. packed inside these sacks are tomatoes, eggplant, onion. supplies of fruits and vegetables that are urgently needed by communities that have been cut off for days, and are desperate for help. we've now landed at the main air base here. and the supplies we've brought with us have been unloaded. you can see over here that apart from the vegetables, there are also cartons of milk, and over here chickens that have been brought by other flights. now, all of this is beginning to be loaded on to military trucks and driven across to the villages in the mountains, you can see there and beyond. ordinary levies would have come here by road from the main highway linking southern and northern kashmir, but that's been washed away, so no supplies getting through to the market. the only way you can get all of this to the communities that
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urgently need them is this way. now, polls in scotland continue to indicate a tight race in next week's referendum on independence. the leaders of the three main pro-union parties, that's effectively the no campaign, they've come together to pledge more powers for scotland if it rejects independence. meanwhile, the yes campaign has accused them of offering a cynical last-minute bribe. with just nine days to go, our scotland correspondents have been taking a look at the issues voters are weighing up. >> reporter: for three centuries, these two countries, scotland and england, have shared a border, but been united politically. supporters of the united kingdom say they've shared much more, too. family, friendships, priorities. for many who live close to the border, there are strong reasons to continue that journey. >> we've had the union for over
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300 years now and it's worked. so i can't understand why we would want to break it up. it benefits the english side and it benefits the scottish side as well. you know, it's a win/win situation. >> reporter: but now people here in scotland are being asked whether they want that relationship to change, and it's likely to be the most important vote they'll ever cast. james, it's not about breaking old ties, is it? >> no, lorna. those who want independence don't see it like that at all. they say this is about the people of scotland taking criminal of their own affairs from the scottish parliament rather than from westminster. and politics is now everywhere. a hot topic in homes and offices, in the high street, on the school run, in a way scotland hasn't seen for decades. it's not about choosing one party or another, but about the kind of society voters want to live in. the yes campaign have only been ahead in one opinion poll, but with turnout predicted to be very high, campaigners for
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independence say the momentum is on their side. they point to people like davy, voting for the very first time. >> i think the people of scotland -- it's a big thing. you've got to take notice. you've got to. everyone. >> you've never voted before? >> never, never. >> reporter: so this is different. >> yes, this is. i'm vo i'm voting for something i believe in. >> reporter: the main o'postpones say they're listening to people like davy. labor, the democrats and the conservatives all to varying degrees promise more powers to edinburgh in the event of a no vote. >> reporter: both are trying to remain over the remaining voters who are still making up their minds. >> reporter: on the 18th of september, one thing's for sure. every single vote will play a part in deciding the future of
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in this half-hour, a special report from the middle of the south china sea. we take to the oceans in search of the disputed spratly islands, only to find a new island springing up where there shouldn't be one. >> this place behind me here is call called johnson south, and now
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it's been transformed into a giant construction site. and this is where the philippine government thinks china may be building its south china sea air base. also ahead, american football star ray rice. also in the program, aaron is back and you can hear the tech lovers salivating. >> absolutely. big day for them because it's a big day for the world's largest tech company. apple is set to unveil new products. will they wow consumers by finally showing off their own smart watch? it's been four years since the company unveiled a new gadget, so i'll tell you what. investigators are hoping that apple still has its magic. hello there, thanks for joining us. in a special report, a bbc correspondent has witnessed what appears to be island building by the chinese in the south china
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sea. countries have wrangled over that territory there, but there are new concerns the area is becoming a serious flash point. the spratlys are an island chain, that's what we're focusing on. they're situated in a key shipping route surrounded by natural resources. this is how the islands would be divided up between neighboring countries if a 200-mile global exclusion zone were applied, but china believes that this red line, which stretches hundreds of miles from its own coastline, gives it control of the spratlys. the bbc's rupert winfield hayes traveled to the spratlys where he found china has a new way of pressing its territorial claims. >> reporter: on a fishing boat in the middle of the south china sea, i am on the hunt for the spratly islands. i want to find out whether claims that china is building new territory out here are true.
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then on the horizon what looks like land. an island where there shouldn't be one. on my gps, and this has the latest software on it, it says elevated with a mark of a reef. it's very clear that this ahead is not a reef. it's an island. and that island was not there a few months ago. as we forge closer, the weather closes in. the new island disappears bane a shroud of rain. we power on south, and the rain gradually clears. after four hours, we spot a vietnamese fishing boat. and then dead ahead, another island. this one even bigger, and it is a hive of activity. this place behind me here is calledson south. until a few months ago, it was a
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chinese controlled reef. now it's been transformed into a giant construction site and this is where the philippine government thinks china may be building its south china sea air base. these aerial photos show what this place looked like a year ago, and then in february and finally march this year. millions of tons of material have been pumped into the reef to create new land. our filipino captain is shocked by what we've seen. we used to come here all the time to fish, he tells me. now with all this krurks i think it won't be long until we can't come here anymore. as if on cue, the chinese start firing flares into the sky, warning us it's time to leave. china claims the entire south china sea, including all the spratly islands.
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beneath this vast claim may lie billions of tons of oil and gas. early next morning, a new silhouette appears on the horizon. a rusting world war ii hulk stuck atop another reef. this ancient rust bucket is the philippine naval ship sierra madre. onboard, a tiny garrison of ten philippine marines, all that stands in the way of another chinese takeover. just beyond the reef, two chinese ships roam up and down. the coast of the philippines is about 120 nautical miles in that direction. the coast of china, on the other hand, is 800 miles in that direction. but those two chinese ships sitting just off the reef behind me are here to enforce beijing's claim that this submerged reef is actually chinese territory.
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for the last year, the chinese ships have been blockading the sierra madre, trying to stop fresh supplies and wearing down the marine morale. our families are far away, he says, so it's a big sacrifice. food is limited, and it's difficult to avoid boredom and sadness. while these philippine marines live in pearl of falling through their own rusting deck, beijing's ambition to turn this sea into a chinese lake moves onward for most unopposed. rupert winfield hayes, bbc news in the spratly islands. >> if you want to get more information on that incredible story that rupert and his team have put together, they constructed this incredible immersive much longer version of that story on our website, called "china's island factory" on the features section. it's stills, video, and text as well. really incredible. took a lot of work.
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aaron is here with all the business news, and more on sanctions in ukraine against russia. >> you just ad libbed that. very good. >> i know. >> you took my time. they announced a few weeks ago they've been greed. all eyes on moscow. the european union has formally adopted sanctions that will stop russian banks from raising money from eu investors. here's the thing. russia threatened to retaliate. its chief threat is the ban on some eu airlines and possible u.s. airlines from flying through its air space, through russian air space, which could mean longer journeys for passengers and bigger fuel bills for airlines. let's get more on this. alan, great to have you on the program. so, i was looking in the numbers. 1,600 flights last week over that air space. 39 carriers.
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of the 39, 14 were european airlines. this could have a mighty impact for some of these carriers that have been working hard to try and make money, basically. >> absolutely. it will have a huge impact. flights to tokyo will take about a thousand-mile detour. that's extra fuel. some airlines will be much worse afefected by others. finn air operates 90% of its flights over russia. its flights are shorter than other points in europe and that's going to be a clear problem for them. >> just to be clear, what we're talking about would be -- the trouble for the airlines would be airlines leaving from london, frankfurt, paris, helsinki, but going towards asia. >> yes. the big destinations that will be affected are china, hong kong clearly, japan, and korea. they're the main destinations that will be affected. >> if a ban kicks in, what
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options would these airlines have? what sort of routes would they have to take? >> they would have to fly much further south and that will extend the journey time. for some aircraft, it may mean it goes beyond the length of flight that they can take, so they might have to land, which will add extra time. alternatively, some of them might look at going back the way they used to fly, which is over northern canada and stop at anchorage, but that makes it a much longer journey. >> so a longer journey, more fuel, more time for the passengers. but if the airlines are burning more fuel, more cost to them. the passenger ends up paying do you think higher ticket prices? >> i would expect that airlines will try and get higher ticket prices but this is a very competitive market. but where some airlines lose, other airlines are going to gain. airlines that will do well are middle eastern airlines because they don't fly over russia at all and people don't choose them at the moment because the
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flights are longer. well, they won't be any longer. >> the airlines that are already doing pretty well, actually. do you think something like this could happen? some critics say it would be russia shooting itself in the foot. i'm not too sure. >> russia gets about $300 million a year in overflying charges. so they would lose a lot of money. but i would expect in a tit for tat arena, it's quite possible even if for a short time, there will be a closure of air space. >> great stuff from you, as all. alan bowen joining me there. if you're a tech lover, i bet yourself excited. apple is set to launch its first new product. it's been something like four years. we know the ipad, iphone, and ipod have been credited with revolutionizing technology. samsung has the gear. even motorola has launched the
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360. so here's the question. is apple late for the wearable tech party? listen to this. >> the market for smart watches is still in its infancy, so 6.2 million units were shipped in the first half of the year. compare that to something like the smart phone market where we saw 570 million units shipped in the same time. vendors here are struggling to find relevance and one of the great things that apple does is work on the back end systems and applications which plug into their devices. >> we're also expecting to see the new iphone 6 and possibly a new payment system. it may be the most expensive video game ever to be created. destiny is reported to have cost half a billion dollars to make. that mean more than the world's most expensive movie, "avatar." it is hoped the game will give it a sizable chunk of that $80 billion market.
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the bbc's tech reporter dave lee went to the london launch. >> reporter: destiny is a game set 700 years in the future, but it's the next ten years the publisher will be concerned about. their older games call of duty and world of warcraft aren't selling as well as they used to. the company is spending more than $500 million on making and marking this game. >> we know that it's a game. it's going to be a triple-a blockbuster. so for us, it's more risk. how we make sure that we market the game. how we excite the fans and we think we've done all that. >> obviously destiny is a massive new title. what is the game going to be like? >> it's a first person shooter. so you'll be involved in a lot of firefights, whether that be on your own, in a campaign, or you fight with friends. there will be multi-player
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activities. yuls also be fighting the enemy of earte also be fighting the e of earth. it's a game where you're a guardian protecting the last known city on's a game guardian protecting the last known city on earth. you have to explore the planets and become legends. >> one of the many things that happens to games on launch day is the service can't cope with all the people happening. how confident are you that won't happen to destiny? >> it's obviously critical. this is an online world. we're absolutely confident that once the servers are turned on, which they already have been, because people are enjoying playing it in australia as we speak, is that it will be a great game and experience. we tested it at length. we had in excess of 4.6 million people. we could test the robustness of the servers. we're confident everything will be fine. >> okay. there you go. half a billion. what do you think? follow me on twitter. you can get me @bbcaaron.
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that's it with the business. one good thing about that game, it looks a lot different from all the other games out there. >> that's lost on you and me. >> i know. >> we'll continue with that. see you later, aaron. stay with us on "bbc world news." still plenty more to come, including our latest adventure to explore the u.s. we'll be live in colorado at our pop-up bureau. [ male announcer ] ours was the first modern airliner, revolutionary by every standard.
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these are the top stories this hour. a report into the malaysian airlines mh17 crash says it was brought down by high energy objects that pierced the plane from the outside. the iraqi parliament has approved a new unity government. the u.s. calls it a crucial step
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towards defeating islamic state militants. president obama has spoken out about the american footballer ray rice after video was released showing him knocking his fiancee unconscious in a casino lift. the baltimore ravens have torn up his $35 million contract, and the american football league, the nfl, are suspending him indefinitely. john watson reports. >> reporter: this is ray rice and his wife janay palmer, arriving for a domestic violence court sentencing earlier this year. rice had been serving a two-game ban for punching palmer. the pictures are too graphic to show, but these still images illustrate just how violent his actions were. the new evidence went viral on the internet and the nfl was forced to dramatically change its initial punishment. rice's $35 million contract with the baltimore ravens has been
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torn up, and the president of the united states has added his support to the punishment. a white house statement said, the president is the father of two daughters, and like any american, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society. hitting a woman is not something a real man does. >> you have seen the president and the vice president make very forceful public comments in talking about how important it is for men in particular to step up and step forward and make clear that violence against women is something that is not and cannot be tolerated. >> reporter: rice helped baltimore to a super bowl victory over the san francisco 49ers last year, but his sporting legacy will be tarnished forever. >> yeah, it's definitely tough watching that video, but, you know, hopefully, you know -- i know for a fact that just being with him since the incident,
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working with him, we've known him for a lot of years now, that he's definitely grown and matured. i'm not going to abandon him now. >> it was a deplorable act. he made a terrible error in judgment. it's inexcusable. but i would also remind people in this situation that it's easy to point a finger or blame rather than to lend a helping hand, because it's the situation where they're going to need help. >> reporter: in may, rice said he was working every day to be a father, a better husband, and a better role model. the spotlight on his case has shocked america and now the world. john watson, bbc news. >> well, with me is mike carson, a regular pundit of the u.s. national football league here in the uk. this video surfaced months ago, first of all. why has it taken so long for the nfl to act? >> well, the nfl did act. >> well, suspended him for two
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games. >> the action that they took now doesn't seem effective enough given what the video shows. the league says now they never saw this part of the video. at the time, they said they saw everything the police saw, and the police definitely saw this video when the event happened back in february. so ray rice was actually given, in effect, a plea bargain. he pleaded not guilty, but he agreed to a six-month program of counselling and he has to -- his probation, he has to not repeat during that time. so that's what the justice system said was okay. and looking at it, having been charged with aggravated assault, that seems very light. but it's to mdomestic violence, which has a whole other set of rules that are complicated to protect the victim and reflect the situation. >> regardless of the problems with the justice system in this case, his team seem to have taken a long time to say -- >> again, had they not seen -- the video, unfortunately, it's
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unfortunate that the nfl, that a football league, winds up being the court of public outrage in a situation like that. and anyone who sees the video will be outraged. i mean, he cold-cocks his wife. there's no excuse whether it's his wife, a woman, a man. >> the nfl is responding to public outrage. why has it taken them to long to do it? >> they gave ray rice their own punishment. i think that was reflecting the fact that the courts had not given him anything beyond this program, so it was okay, we're punishing you now. when there was a bit of outrage about that, they instituted a program for domestic violence. and the problem from the nfl's point of view is that they have very clear programs of punishment for specific offenses that the commissioner -- but public conduct policy is very vague. it's kind of like bringing the game into disrepute. >> is this causing a big debate about the behavior of nfl stars?
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>> absolutely. a website published a thing in august saying nfl players were only 13% as likely to commit crimes as the general public in their age, except with domestic violence, where they were half as likely. so that's better, but it's not good. >> okay. interesting statistics. mike carlson, thanks very much. now, to the u.s. open tennis, where there were huge hopes for japan's kei nishikori. but in the end, marin cilic was too strong. >> reporter: new territory for both players and men's tennis as a whole. roger and novak absence from a men's final. marin and kei were looking to take advantage. but in truth, only one player ended up winning their first major title. cilic outplayed him from start
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to finish. they craved a more compelling contest, which never came. on a cool, breezy day in new york, cilic fired off ace after ace, dropping serve just once, to win in less time than it takes to watch a decent movie. times indeed are changing in the men's game, which marin cilic can testify. now, today, we are launching a new project called bbc pop-up. absolutely my favorite thing we're doing at the moment. in the next six months, a team of our journalists will explore the united states, setting up a mobile bureau for one month in six very different regions of the country. matt and benjamin have already hit the road and set up shop in boulder, colorado. we can speak to matt there now. matt, that's a very nice place you're staying there. i'm glad to see the budget is stretching to that. tell me, first of all, what is the pop-up bureau exactly?
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>> the bbc pop-up bureau is an experimental project where we're attempting to create the bbc's first mobile bureau. so what that is is basically we're traveling around the united states for six months, staying in six different cities in six states and taking up shop for a month at a time so. in each location, we're arriving at each location and asking local residents to come out and we're holding a town hall. so at these town halls, we're crowd sourcing story ideas. we're asking community resident what is stories they want us to tell a global audience about their lives. >> and how has that been going? >> so far, so good. i would say the boulder community has really been accepting. i mean, a huge number of people came out for our first town hall, which we had just a couple days ago. and they offered up a ton of story ideas that we've already started digging into. we're going to be running our first story online today and on television tomorrow, and beyond
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that, we're already digging into about two more stories. some of these stories range from things such as attacks on the homeless population in downtown boulder, to development issues, which have to do with population growth caps that are happening here in boulder. the population hasn't grown more than 1% per year since the 1970s, and the city wants it that way, so we're looking into that. beyond that, we're looking into the floods that have been happening in the region, or that happened in the region about a year ago today. >> very briefly, i know it's nothing to do with the fact that marijuana was legalized in colorado, but why are you starting there in boulder? >> boulder's a really interesting community. it sits in a swing state. it's really a dark blue dot that sits in a sea of political purple. so colorado is a swing state where the midterm elections are coming up quite soon, and we wanted to take political extreme sitting within a swing state and boulder -- you know, boulder was
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a hippie hub during the 1960s and it's continued to be a really progressive lib eral meca for the united states. it's sort of a smaller san francisco of about 100,000 people. they have a local university that's been really accepting to us. the university of colorado boulder. >> got to leave it there, matt. brilliant stuff from the bbc pop-up. keep an eye out for that and keep an eye out for us. neardon't have enoughople food to survive. we can't let this happen. there is something we can do about it.
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